Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

Lifetime Achievement Award

The ABA Lifetime Achievement Award in Environmental, Energy, or Resources Law and Policy recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of major practitioners in environmental, energy, or resources law and policy in the United States. 

Please refer to the competition's official rules if you have any questions.

How do I nominate someone for this award?

The 2020 award nomination period ended on May 31. Nominations for 2021 will be accepted beginning in Fall 2020.

Who is eligible for this award?

Nominees must have demonstrated a lifetime career commitment to and leadership in environmental, energy, or resources law and policy in the United States. The award recognizes an outstanding individual who has dedicated a lifetime to achievement in environmental, energy, or resources law and policy before courts, agencies, U.S. Congress, state legislatures, or other institutions. Eligible individuals must be attorneys, but should no longer be actively engaged in the practice of law. Nominees may have been practitioners in the private, public, or corporate sectors; judges, public officials; or law professors.

What is the award process?

Nominations will be made through an online survey system. You will provide brief information about your nominee. The Section's awards committee will review your nomination and let you know if they need additinal information. Once the nomination period closes, the Awards Committee will review all nominations and make a recommendation to the Section's Council for its final approval. You will be notified either way if your nominee was selected.

When are the awards bestowed?

The 2020 awards will be bestowed at the 28th Fall Conference, October 7-10, 2020 in Nashville.

Past recipients of this award

2019: Oliver A. Houck, Professor of Law, Tulane University

2018: Lois J. Schiffer, Former General Counsel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration